Thanksgiving Traditions for Families

Thanksgiving traditions

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Thanksgiving traditions are an important part of our family life.

We try to create memorable activities that we consistently do throughout the year, especially for the holidays, so creating Thanksgiving traditions is extremely important to us.

The holiday is coming up so soon and I have not gotten my ducks in a row. We don’t even know what we will be doing to celebrate on the day of. However, we will be creating memories with Thanksgiving traditions no matter how we celebrate.

I associate my childhood Thanksgivings with large family gatherings with tons of food and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade while everything finished cooking.

We don’t have lots of extended family to celebrate with but that doesn’t mean we can’t create our own warm holiday memories. I would like to have some consistent Thanksgiving crafts and activities that we can expect to do as a family every year.

My intent is for our holiday to actually focus on gratitude. Therefore, I try to focus our Thanksgiving activities on this concept.

Today the girls and I made ornaments with this simple recipe for white clay dough from Happy Hooligans and some iridescent pony beads. I am hoping that they dry well and we can write something we are thankful for on the back of each one. Later this week when they have had time to air dry we will add ribbon to hang them and gather a branch to make a tree centerpiece for our table.


It was the perfect craft to use up an hour with minimal stress or prep work. The clay took less than 5-10 minutes to throw together and cool.

The majority of our time was spent rolling the dough out and selecting and placing the pony beads “just so”. I’m really pleased with how these turned out and hope they dry well. If they do I see this clay being used again for some Christmas crafts in the near future!

[Update 8/16/17 while some of the ornaments crumbled when it was time to add string, the majority survived and have hung in our kitchen all year long as a joyful reminder of our blessings!]

I think the girls and I will do some pumpkin related crafts next and bake some delicious pumpkin treats.

Please tell me all about your family’s Thanksgiving traditions in the comments below!

Are there any special crafts or activities you do together every year?  What do you most look forward to about the holiday?  I look forward to hearing your ideas!


  1. Latasha | Arts and Budgets

    Such a creative & awesome post! 🙂 I love doing family traditions each year for the holiday.

    1. ourhappyimperfection

      Glad you enjoyed it, Latasha! Thanks for stopping by!

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